[JPL] Jam Session: America ¹ s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World

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Jam Session: America¹s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World

On September 2, the Kinston Community Council for the Arts will open Jam
Session: America¹s Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World, at the Arts Center.
The collection of photographs and documents drawn from archives around the
country document the tours of jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong,
Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman as they traveled the globe on
behalf of the U.S. State Department.

>From the mid-1950s through the 1970s, the American musicians toured through
more than 35 foreign countries in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe,
Middle East and North Africa, playing music and promoting a positive view of
the United States in a time when Cold War tensions were at their height. The
exhibition educates and enlightens viewers about this important historical
initiative, while emphasizing the value of employing the arts to further
international and intercultural understanding.

For generations, Kinston has been a hub for innovative musical work in jazz,
rhythm and blues, funk, soul and gospel, to name a few. Now, as the only
southeastern venue in the U.S. for a photographic exhibition of American
jazz musicians, residents and visitors can explore the regional and global
impact of America¹s musical legacy.

Join us on September 18 for a special reception featuring a performance by
the David Leonhardt Jazz Trio of Pennsylvania.

Visitors may purchase a catalogue of the exhibit for $25. The catalogue
offers an in depth look at these cultural ambassadors and includes a musical

This exhibit is curated and presented by the Meridian International Center
in Washington D.C.

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